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Interesting mythology, typical everything else 4 juin 2012
Par Merin - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
OF POSEIDON is one of those mermaid books that are populating the shelves in the year 2012. I have always been a fan of mermaid lore - they are secretive, alluring beings that exist in a world that humans can't venture into - so I eagerly dove into this one. But almost from the get-go, there were just little things about this book that bothered me, and at times made reading it a chore. The mystery itself is good enough - Galen is a Syrena prince who hears about a girl who can speak to fish, so he goes looking for her because the ability to do so means she's "of Poseidon", and it was thought that that bloodline had died out. But then he finds her, and, instead of doing something new, this book tumbled headlong into typical YA paranormal fare.

Emma, our narrator, is another of those girls who is friends with the popular girl (who was also a bit too stereotypical African-American for my taste). She doesn't realize that she's pretty. She's clumsy as all get out. And the first time she meets Galen, she literally trips into him, nearly killing herself on his "sculpted" chest. Emma also doesn't realize that she's anything special, or that she has this unbelievable ability. Galen is also your typical paranormal boy: ridiculously good looking, charming, the fastest swimmer ever, and a Syrena prince, plus he assimilates himself seamlessly into the human world, even though at the start of the book the author tries to make us believe that Galen has a hard time holding conversations with others, and admittedly, he did struggle. You know, for the first chapter or so. He's also unbelievably rich. In other words, there was nothing special about Galen, at least not in my opinion.

Normally I would gobble up all the talk of the mythology that the author is using, and there were parts of the Syrena background that I loved (particularly the love story between Grom and Nalia). But I found the exposition on the history more like listening to a history professor, in that the facts were sort of just recited, sometimes rather dryly, so what should have been the best part for me also felt lackluster and uninteresting. I also had a problem with the Syrena take on marriage - marrying only to mate, not out of love - and the rather medieval look at women and their roles. Galen spends much of the time demanding that Emma listen to him because he's royalty, and she - in typical female human form - does the total opposite, and includes some tantrums as well. Then you had the whole rather icky relationship between Rayna and Toraf, in which they were mated without her knowledge or consent. I don't care if she really did care for him all along, he shouldn't have been able to get her eldest brother's consent without her own involvement in the discussion.

Couple that with my annoyance with some of the phrases Emma uses throughout the book - like "ohmysweetgoodness" or "fan-freaking-tastic" - and my irritation was a constant presence. I also had trouble with Galen at the start; I think the reader is supposed to find him charming from the get-go, and maybe some people do, but I found him to be a liar and a manipulator for much of this book, until he's finally forced to tell Emma the truth thanks to Rayna's intervention (from this point on, I didn't mind him as much, and he actually started to grow on me a bit). Their whole relationship just really didn't sit right with me, because Galen was not being entirely truthful with her, but Emma was just eating up all of his attention. We also have another instance of insta-love, and I get that there are hints dropped as to why that is, but it was still yet another thing that made this feel like your typical YA paranormal. I do give the author credit, though, for not having Emma and Galen dive into any physical shenanigans straight away. It took 70% before we even saw them kiss, owing entirely to Galen's back-and-forth in his own mind (in which he was trying to do the right thing), so kudos for that.

"If stupid were a disease, I'd have died from it by now." (36%)

I don't really want to call Emma stupid, because I'm not sure that you can really put this on her. She's relying on Galen to tell her what's going on, why she can talk to fish, etc., and he's not telling her the whole truth. But she feels used by him, and tries to do the same with him except that it doesn't work, because she likes him too much, and can't help but be swept up whenever he looks at her, or smiles at her, or teases her. I have a problem when a guy's favorite thing to do is make the girl blush, you know? And boy, does Emma spend a lot of time doing that in this book. I also had a problem with how quickly Emma forgets about Chloe once she realizes what she is and starts spending all her time with Galen and Rayna. Considering the knockdown, drag-out brawl that ensued when Rayna brought Chloe up, plus the fact that Emma's entire existence prior to Galen rotated around Chloe, this was a little hard for me to believe, especially when Emma starts off the book lamenting the fact that everyone else at the school would probably forget her.

This book also ends in a most inopportune place. I get it - we're being set up for the second book - but this book sort of has this massive reveal and then BAM we're at the end. I'd seen enough people's reactions, though, to expect it, so I wasn't quite as upset as some readers have been with the abrupt ending. Still, not a whole lot is resolved in this book, and I have a problem with a book that didn't seem to have much of a point aside from setting up for the next one.

If you're reading this and thinking that I must have hated this book, I really didn't. I don't think there's anything absolutely spectacular about it, but there were certain aspects that I did enjoy. OF POSEIDON has an interesting plot, and I am curious about what comes next, and what the big reveal at the end will mean for the Syrena, and Galen and Emma specifically. I'll just make sure I go into it with more tempered expectations.

An e-galley was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Quote taken from an uncorrected proof.
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A fun new take on mermaid mythology! 22 mai 2012
Par Literary Meanderings - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
**4.5 stars**

Of Poseidon opens up to our protagonist, 18-year-old Emma, vacationing in Florida with her best friend Chloe. After a slightly strange run-in (quite literally) with the handsome, violet-eyed Galen, tragedy strikes. A devastating shark attack changes Emma's life as she knows it.

Emma is still moving beneath a cloud of depression when school starts back up. Life gets even worse when the one and only Galen pops up to attend her high school. At first Emma finds Galen to be nothing but a jerk; all he seems to do is remind her of that tragic day on the beach. Galen just won't take a hint, though. He corners her every chance he gets. Eventually Galen is able to finagle his way through the barrier Emma has put up by asking her on a date and promising to tell her where her strange violet eyes come from. Emma can't resist.

When Galen reveals the truth to Emma, her life is turned upside down in dozens of different ways. So many things begin to make sense. Why Emma can speak to and command fish. Why she can hold her breath under water for ungodly amounts of time. Why she feels an an electric charge whenever Galen touches her... Emma is descended from Syrena; merfolk.

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This book reminded me a bit of Forgive My Fins/Fins Are Forever by Tera Lynn Childs, except much more serious, I guess? There's more depth and it's more mature, I'd say, for lack of a better word. It's great! My only complaints would have to be the overuse of "Ohmysweetgoodness!" as an exclamation (it was cute at first, but it began to irritate me to no end!!) and how extremely obvious the situation was. I knew the outcome waaaay before the characters caught on. It was just a wee bit too obvious for my tastes. Minor issues, though, compared to how amazing this book was.

The narration is done in two ways: By Emma in 1st person, and also in a 3rd person omniscient that follows Galen. The characters were so wonderful. Emma is so so so hilarious and quirky. I completely enjoyed being inside this girl's head. I laughed so much as I read this book! Galen is swoon-worthy and exasperating to the point that it's charming. I adored the interaction between he and Emma; the back and forth, the shyness, the banter, all the way to the moments of electrically-charge silence. These two are one of my newly favorited book couples. :)

The plot was really amazing. The merfolk mythology was interesting and had some great twists. There is a political war (of sorts) going on between the house of Triton and the house of Poseidon. Emma and Galen are pretty much right at the center of it all. The whole thing was really well written. There is a mystery aspect to the novel. The answer to that mystery became obvious a little too soon for my tastes, but it was still very well done. The author did a great job of nestling her clues into all the right places.

Anna Banks writing is all-around impressive. The laughs were consistent throughout the book and it was funny without being overdone or corny. The romance felt real and beautiful. Her descriptions and the under-water world building were impressive. Everything was easy to picture and it was easy to put yourself right next to the characters and be where they were. I also appreciated how the inner musings of Emma and Galen never went overboard. Sometimes less is more, ya know?

The book ends with a very cruel (but drama-filled!) cliffhanger. I can't seem to find any info on whether or not this is the first installment of a series, but it has to be. It better be, or I am PO'd. It's one of those endings that will cause some readers to maybe rate the book less than it deserves. It was a risk, if you ask me. It sure had my jaw layin' on the floor. I applaud Anna Banks for her, um, jewels. ;)

Of Poseidon is a wonderful addition to the world of Young Adult Fantasy! Anna Banks has spun a whole new world of mermaid lore and I think it's a great one. The writing is fantastic. The characters are lovable and engaging. The plot is full of surprises and twists. There's drama, humor, and magical moments aplenty. The romance will leave you breathless and the cliffhanger ending will have you jumping up and down for more.
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Of Poseidon 25 mai 2012
Par SarahS. - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
What an awesome book! I was hooked from the first chapter.
I love mermaid stories but I don't read a lot of them.

You and I would call them mermaids/mermen just don't let Galen hear you. He hates the 'M' word. To him they're Syrena.

Emma is you'r average run of the mill clumsy girl, or is she? Emma is on vacation in Florida with her best friend, Chloe, when she bumps right into (literally) the uber hot Galen. They feel a connection right away. Shortly after their little run in the unthinkable happens, Chloe is attacked by a shark. That's when Emma finds out she exhibits some not so human qualities, she can not only talk to the shark but it understand her as well!

This was such a hilarious story. I was laughing throughout the book. The characters were so funny.
Emma: I liked her, but her clumsiness made me unable to not like her
Galen: hot, funny, sarcastic, caring, totally swoon-worthy, an being a prince doesn't hurt ;)
I liked the relationship between Emma and Galen, they were so funny together with their arguing and bickering.
Rayna: Galen's twin sister, Toraf's 'mate' (wife) stubborn, she acted like a spoiled brat but it's only the first book in the series, you can't count her out just yet!
Toraf: he was funny, and sweet

The cover is beautiful. And the ending?! Ohmysweetgoodness! Such a cliffhanger ending, it makes me want to read the next book for sure!

Thank you to Feiwel & Friends and NetGalley for this copy.
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That cover misled me 27 juin 2012
Par Steph Sinclair - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
** spoiler alert ** It's official. Mermaids are the new "angels" of the Paranormal Romance genre. The is the second mermaid book I've read and I'm less than impressed with these sea creatures. Incidentally, Of Poseidon happens to be worse for me than Lies Beneath.

Of Poseidon tells the story of Emma, a girl who possesses a few Syrena (mermaid) traits, and Galen, a Syrena prince, who attempts to unravel the secrets of Emma. It's discovered that she has the Gift of Poseidon (think Dr. Dolittle at the aquarium) and that she may be the key to pass on the Gift to future generations. The problem arises that Emma can't change into her Syrena form causing Galen to spend more time with her training her. You know what happens next: they fall deeply in love.

I was really looking forward to starting this book for two reasons: 1) The cover is stunning and 2) The blurb mentioned it was a mermaid tale told by both Emma and Galen's PoV. I usually like books that feature duel point of views, but in this case I didn't because it switched back and forth from 1st person (Emma) to 3rd person (Galen). That stylistic choice felt choppy to me. But despite that, I did find the dialogue humorous at times.

"Maybe you can talk to donkeys, too," Dr. Milligan smiles. Emma nods. "I can. Sometimes Galen can be a jackass."

And that's about all I liked about this book. (See, I'm not that heartless!) Unfortunately, the bad REALLY outweighed any good this novel had and it all started with Chloe, Emma's best friend. Now the beginning of the novel opens up with Emma and Chloe in Florida on vacation before school starts and I was surprised to see that Chloe was black. I had a huge smile on my face and I thought, "Wow! Diversity!" That was until Chloe was described as having a weave and fake nails... and she dies in the 3rd chapter. D: The smile slid of my face and my happy cat died. I have a HUGE issue with how African Americans are portrayed in YA novels, if we even make it into a YA novel in the first place. This is the same issue I had with The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, where they minority character was so heavily stereotyped I wanted him to die a slow painful death. Same with Chloe, whose only purpose was to create a sad and lonely heroine. Are there black girls who have weaves and wear fake nails? Sure. But that is the easiest cop out when it comes to creating a black female character. I half expected her to bust out and start "doin' the Dougie" on the beach.

Chloe wasn't the only character I had issue with. I also really disliked Galen. He's your typical YA male love interest. He's so good looking it hurts to glance at him, females tripping over their panties to give him their numbers, and if he smiles at you: instant orgasm. He was also a controlling douche bag slinging Emma around like she was a Raggedy Anne doll. He always tries to tell Emma what to do and where to go, giving her no choice. There is even a point where he tells her she is going with him to Florida and he already arranged everything including getting permission from her mother. He stalks her and threatens another guy she dates. And I was okay with giving this book 2 stars until he started thinking thoughts like these:

"He scours his memory for a sweet-natured Syrena who would take care of him, who would do whatever he asked, who would never argue with him."

But I really can't expect much for him given how poorly females are treated in this book. I'm not sure what the obsession is with women's uteruses these days. Please don't get me started on the US, but this is YA fiction. Can't I escape the madness in my fiction? No, apparently not. The female mermaids have almost no choice who they want to marry. When a male Syrena turns 18 he searches for a female "whose company he will enjoy and who will be suitable for producing offspring." Great. Just great. So, female Syrena are only worthy if they can produce offspring. Here that girls? Your worth is dependent on a working uterus! Otherwise you are unsuitable!

Galen's own sister, Rayna, spends half of the book angy because she was married off to a Syrena without her knowledge. Yes, that's right. She wasn't even present at the ceremony! Oh, but don't worry she had the option to break off the marriage. Unfortunately for her, the King would probably deny her, so no real rights at all! But what really irked me was when she saw him kiss another girl, she instantly decides she does love him and they go off to an island to mate. -_-

Emma is no exception to this "rule" either. Since she is so speshul and has the Gift of Poseidon, she is destined to marry Galen's brother and produce offspring. Galen conveniently keeps this from her the entire book because she really has no say in the matter. Women's rights over their marital status? Their bodies? Their children? Their futures? What's that?

Along with the issue of women, the book has a ton of other problems. For example, somehow Emma can talk underwater while she is holding her breath. That makes no sense. She has to hold her breath. How is it possible that she is talking? Emma's mother was also a strange one. She is crazy overbearing and pesters Emma into admitting Emma and Galen are dating. But here is the thing: they weren't. She's very, very strict, but just allows Emma to go anywhere with Galen. That didn't match up for me. I would tell you why it makes zero sense, but it would spoil the entire book. Speaking of which, the plot twists are extremely predictable. I knew how the book would end in the second chapter. There's no anticipation, no mystery. Just incredibly slow characters. That is pathetic.

I was really looking forward to this book and was excited to get approved for the galley, but another mermaid tale bites the dust.

1 star for an interesting premise.
.5 star for the lulz it afforded me.

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The best book of the mermaid trend, hands down! 16 juillet 2012
Par Gretchen @ My Life is a Notebook - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
You know, there was a day when I swore I would never hop onto the mermaid trend. I mean, I'm a Disney girl through and through but I never even really liked The Little Mermaid. But I kept seeing my blogger friends everywhere loving it, so some force unknown it to me caused me to buy it.

And boy am I so glad that I did.

You know how I knew Emma and I were going to be best friends? On page one, she describes herself as being as clumsy as an "intoxicated walrus." Those of you who are unfortunate enough to know me in person know that SO AM I. Add clumsiness, coupled great personality and snark, and I was hooked on Emma before the story even really started.

And then the story STARTED. With a shark attack.

To be fair, the rest of the novel didn't really have that level of action at all, but it certainly had enough to invest me into the story. I did feel like the ramifications of the shark attack were dealt with too quickly, but I can at least understand the reasoning.

Despite a promising beginning and an instant connection with Emma, I wasn't as quick to catch onto Galen, his sister and his sister's husband. His sister came off as too bratty for too long before getting some depth, and her husband just wasn't given a chance to shine despite definite star quality. I honestly can't tell if I didn't like Galen for characterization reasons or the POV drama that was going on.

See, for starts, the book itself is written entirely in present tense. That's a difference in and of itself. But then the chapters, which switched back and forth between Galen and Emma's POV, switched back and forth between first person present (Emma) and third person present (Galen). For the first couple of chapters especially, that was ridiculously jarring.

Yeah, yeah, I know, this is a four and a half star review and I'm sounding overly critical, right? What made me rate it so highly then?

For starters, Emma. Emma is hysterical and I love her and I want her as my best friend. She's pig-headed, temperamental and has a fantastic narrator's voice. Sure, she falls for the whole insta-love thing with Galen, but she sure is vicious when she doesn't get her way. Despite being head over heels for Galen, she sure as heck isn't going to let him run her life. Now that's refreshing.

The mythology of the story is also really interesting. We got to learn so much about Banks' merpeople without it ever feeling like an infodump, and I still wanted more. Everything from the Gifts, to the reimagining of Atlantis, Poseidon and Triton was absolutely fascinating.

Plus, there was that ending. There are endings that leave you excited for the next book and then there are ENDINGS LIKE THAT. I'm pretty sure I could sue Banks for torture and the judge would agree with me.

The bottom line? This is the best book I've yet to read of the new mermaid trend, hands down.
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